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2009-03-04 08:46
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Renault
Model Megane RS
Engine 2l, turbo
Power 183kW @ 5 500r/min
Torque 340Nm @ 3 000r/min
Renault’s new Megane 250 will carry the company’s hot hatch heritage forward still employing 2l turbo power. Unveiled in striking yellow at the Geneva auto show, it should enter European right hand drive markets by October.

With Renault currently laying claim to being the world’s greatest hot hatch manufacturer, the new Megane 250 has an unenviable task. It comes to market burdened by dynamic expectations created by the current, Dieppe fettled, R26 Megane – arguably the greatest hot hatch of its time.

Sporting a more conventional shape, yet still cueing the requisite hot hatch styling details (diffuser embedded central rear exhaust, red brake callipers), the new Megane RS adds LED lights to the front lower fascia.

Profile is more two-door coupe than hot hatch. Red Brembo brake callipers visible. Dynamic expectations mean Megane 250 shoulders a heavy burden.

In terms of performance, the new car retains a 2l engine (carried over from the current R26), featuring twin-scroll turbocharging boosting power to by 14kW to 183kW (250 metric horsepower, hence the name) and torque output from 310Nm to 340Nm.

Engine design has been optimised for strong toque delivery at low engine speeds, 272Nm is on tap from only 1 800r/min.

Two models will come to market - Sport and Cup - with the latter boasting a limited-slip differential to keep potential torque steer in check.

Renault engineers have allegedly spent an inordinate amount of time perfecting the feel and feedback characteristics of the electric power steering system.

Performance hatchback purists the world over will surely hope Megane 250 can replicate the authentic Dieppe Renaultsport feel which has made the RS badged products such thoroughbred hot hatches.


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